I’m beginning to see that the Italians have some things right when it comes to simple seasoning that are very healthy. On my journey to better health, I have had to go gluten-free to rid my body of nagging inflammation that was dragging me down in many areas of my life. During this journey, it forced me to cook more things from scratch and learn new things. One of them was how simple it is to make your own personalized seasoning mixes and then turn them into different things for cooking, marinades & salad dressings.
Take some dry herbs and put them together and you have your very own, very easy, Italian Seasoning
As I was ordering my garden seeds this spring I realized something – these herbs are also quite easy to grow in your garden. I ordered several and can hardly wait to add them to some summer dishes with summer squash and fresh tomatoes.
The herbs in Italian seasoning have many health benefits
The Benefits of Basil Leaves
- Good For Digestion
- Anti-inflammatory properties
- Fights free radical activity
- Helps with blood sugar management
- Supports healthy liver function and helps detoxify the body
- It also promotes a healthy gut
The Benefits of Fresh Oregano
Fresh Oregano is a great antibacterial agent. It has phytonutrients, which fight infections.
It’s loaded with antioxidants that help prevent cell damage.
Oregano is an excellent source of fiber, vitamin K, manganese, iron, and vitamin E.
The Benefits of Parsley
Parsley’s vitamin K is important because it helps the blood to clot in addition to contributing to bone health.
Parsley is also rich in vitamin C and other antioxidants, which help reduce the risk of serious health conditions like diabetes, stroke, heart disease and cancer.
Parsley is also an excellent source of Vitamin A.
The Benefits of Sage
- Sage is loaded with antioxidants
- Has been known to help with female issues
- Sage may help in the reduction of blood sugar levels
- Found to support memory and brain health
The Benefits of Rosemary
Rosemary has powerful antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal properties.
Consuming rosemary regularly can potentially help lower the risk of infection and help the immune system fight any infections that do occur.
The Benefits of Marjoram
Compounds derived from marjoram have been shown to have anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and antioxidant properties.
Marjoram may be beneficial to hormonal health, especially for women.
The Benefits of Thyme
Thyme contains a variety of vitamins and minerals that promote good health.
Thyme is full of vitamin C for immune support, potassium for healthy cells, and manganese for bone development and blood clotting.
One of the things we love to make at our house with Italian Seasoning is Italian Salad Dressing. I’ll share the recipe here but before I do, I wanted to share with you one of the things about growing these herbs that got me excited.
Many of these herbs are great to grow as potted plants, patio plants, put them in your flower bed or right out in your garden. All of them are reasonably easy to grow. Some of them will come back in your garden each year. You can take the fresh herbs, chop them or throw them in the blender and now add them to your favorite sauces, marinades or salad dressings. There really are no rules about how much of what you use. Just adjust to your own personal taste.
Homemade Italian Salad Dressing
- 2 TBSP Italian Seasoning Mix (above)
- 1.5 tsp Sea Salt
- 1/2 tsp Onion powder (or minced onion to taste)
- 1/4 tsp Garlic powder (or fresh garlic to taste)
- 1 tsp Unflavored Gelatin
- A Dash of Sweetener (Stevia or Monk Fruit)
- 1 Cup boiling water
- 1/4 to 1/3 Cup Vinegar (Apple Cider or Balsamic are good)
- 1 Cup Oil (Olive or MCT oil are good)
Add the 1st 6 dry ingredients to a Quart Jar and shake around to stir well. Add your 1 cup Boiling Water and stir until the Gelatin is dissolved. Add vinegar and oil. Add 4 ice cubes. Close the jar and shake well. Open the jar and fill it to the top with water. Close, shake, and refrigerate. Shake before use.
The unflavored Gelatin sets up in a couple of hours in the refrigerator and makes the dressing thick like store-bought so that the oil and water don’t separate too much.
We like to use this Italian Dressing recipe on salads but also as a marinade on meat. It has a tenderizing effect on steaks or roasts.
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